(Politico) Country treats refugees almost like ‘wild animals,’ Asselborn said.
Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s foreign affairs minister, said Hungary should be kicked out of the EU over its stance on the refugee crisis, Die Welt reported.
“We cannot accept the founding principles of the EU being violated,” Asselborn told the newspaper in an interview published Tuesday, just days before the informal EU summit in Bratislava on September 16.
“[Those] who build fences against refugees like Hungary does, or who violate press freedom and judicial independence, should be excluded temporarily or forever from the EU,” Asselborn said, adding that was “the only way to preserve the cohesion and values of the EU.”
Asselborn added that a treaty change would “be helpful” in order to allow EU membership to be suspended without the required unanimity. If it had to apply today, Hungary would not stand a chance of joining the EU, he said.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government had made serious mistakes and treated refugees almost like “wild animals,” Asselborn said, pointing to a fencethe country has built to prevent asylum seekers crossing its borders.